SESSHIN INSTRUCTIONS

Doan

Before zazen:

Please be in the zendo by the time the first densho is hit, in the morning and after each break, per the schedule.  Light the altar candle and check and adjust the overhead lighting if needed.

Morning Jundo

After the third Rolldown, the doshi will enter the zendo and offer incense at the altar.  The Doshi will step back and  walk along the perimeter of the room (jundo).  The Doshi will return to the bowing mat and begin the period of zazen as usual…

Robe Chant

After the first period of Zazen in the morning, the robe chant begins:

Dai sai ge da pu ku
muso fuku den e
hi bu nyorai kyo
ko do shoshu jo.

Great robe of liberation
field far beyond form and emptiness
wearing the Tathagata’s teaching
freeing all beings.

Dai sai ge da pu ku
muso fuku den e
hi bu nyorai kyo
ko do shoshu jo.

Beginning Zazen:

To begin a period of zazen there are three small bells.

Zazen Bells

Doshi Steps back and bows to altar 

Doshi Bows to seat 

Doshi bows to room 

Ending zazen:

To end a period of zazen followed by kinhin, two small bells are rung, all other zazen periods end with one bell

    End Zazen 

⬤    ⬤   Kinhin - (one inkin bell to end kinhin) 

Leaving the zendo:

Doshi bows at the back of the bowing mat ï

Doshi exits zendo ï

Doshi exits Gatan ï 

Last person leaves building ï

 

Doan Bells for Service

Please note the following symbols:

= big bell in fixed place

  = big bell dependent on doshi – watch for doshi bow

  = small bell in fixed place

= stop

 

Note that the fixed-place bells should be hit on the syllable that follows them; stops are the beat after the last syllable.

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Doshi offers incense at altar, steps back, bows ï

           passes bowing mat

     at back of bowing mat, bows

     unfolds zagu           ⬤⬤⬤

First prostration   ◯    hands are lowered back to the mat

(repeat two times)

Third prostration ◯   head touches mat

 

Doshi goes to altar again, offers incense, steps back, bows

     returns to back of bowing mat, first prostration

     second prostration 

     third prostration               

Chant is introduced       (follow daily instructions)

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All Bhuddas in ten directions past present and future   (doshi steps back from mat and bows)

All beings bodhisattvasas, mahasatvas, world honored ones (doshi offers incense, steps back, bows)

                 ⬤⬤⬤     (doshi returns to back of bowing mat) 

The mahaprajna paramita        

 

First prostration     

Second prostration

Third prostration      head touches mat 

 

Doshi folds zagu, steps back, bows

      steps back, shashu bow        

Doshi leaves Zendo

Last person leaves Zendo